On April 7, 2009, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, headed by Janet (amnesty for illegals) Napolitano, issued an assessment of rightwing extremism in the United States to their Fusion Centers and police agencies across America. It is an attempt to dampen dissent and free speech by associating those who oppose illegal immigration or massive immigration, with terrorism.This was done despite a disclaimer (page 2) that states:
“The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence…” (They merely want to get the law enforcement community concentrating on people who oppose government actions or inactions, even as our leaders violate their oaths of office.) See the DHS report here.
“Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, SUCH AS ABORTION OR IMMIGRATION,” (page 2, bottom)
These “intelligence assessments” from DHS are aimed at citizens like me and those of you who share my views about illegal immigration and the need to enforce our laws and our Constitution, in particular Article IV, section 4.
DHS on Illegal Immigration:
“Rightwing extremists were concerned during the 1990s with the “perception” that illegal immigrants were taking away American jobs through their willingness to work at significantly lower wages. They also opposed free trade agreements, arguing that these arrangements resulted in Americans losing jobs to countries such as Mexico.
“Over the past five years, various rightwing extremists… have adopted the immigration issue as a call to action, rallying point, and recruiting tool. Debates over appropriate immigration levels and enforcement policy generally fall within the realm of protected political speech under the First Amendment, but in some cases, anti-immigration or strident pro-enforcement fervor has been directed against specific groups and has the potential to turn violent.” (page 5)
“Here’s a news flash. It turned violent years ago and the violence is coming from south of the border. But facts don’t mean much for Homeland Security, especially since their “intelligence” reports are put together with tips from private organizations and individual citizens with an agenda.
The Department of Homeland Security seems to indicate that criticism, backed by documentation of illegal immigration and free trade agreements, is outside the realm of protected political (free) speech. This new version of Homeland Security has a list of topics which, “with virtually no references, documentation, or annotations…demonizes a host of citizens as having the capacity to become violent ‘rightwing extremists.'”
This new and left of center Homeland Security also has a problem with “Disgruntled Military Veterans” returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. They may become allied with rightwing extremists and need to be watched.
“DHS/I&A assesses that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat. These skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the capabilities of extremists–including lone wolves or small terrorist cells–to carry out violence.” (page 7)
Chuck Baldwin ran for president last year and was linked to “extremist” groups who supported him. The Department of Homeland Security Fusion Center in Missouri had to apologize to him and delete any mention of his name in their “assessments”.
He comments on the DHS targeting of American servicemen as potential extremists:
‘Well, if anyone has a legitimate reason to be disgruntled, it is America’s veterans. After taking an oath to defend and support America and the U.S. Constitution, they were ordered to fight a preemptive war of aggression in Iraq; they were ordered to fight without a Declaration of War; they were ordered to put their lives on the line, not for the safety and security of the American people, but for international bankers, the United Nations, and the ‘global economy.’ Then they returned home to a Department of Veteran’s Affairs that treats them as second-class citizens: VA hospitals are often dirty and out-of-date; medical treatments are postponed; medications often take months to arrive; and much of the promised care is never delivered at all. If anyone has a right to be disgruntled, it is the military veteran.
“That said, where is the evidence in the DHS report to substantiate the necessity for American law enforcement to be on guard against potential violence committed by military veterans? It doesn’t exist. It is a blanket charge without any substantiation whatsoever. The same is true for the rest of the report. Without documentation, substantiation, or annotation, the report broadly brushes a host of American citizens as bring potential ‘extremists’ simply because of their political opinions. This is the same kind of political profiling that we saw in the Missouri (Fusion Center) report.”
So all of you returning veterans out there be aware that our government has some concerns about you, too. Not about your well-being but can you be a trusted member of society.
See raykania, new blog, archives, March 30, 2009, ‘Missouri Fusion Center links Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin to Domestic Terrorism Groups, Later Apologizes’